Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day | Shenandoah National Park

21 April 2018 | Shenandoah National Park

There are truly few things better than spending a day doing something you love with friends you enjoy. I usually spend my weekends catching up on errands or running around D.C., but on Saturday -- the day before Earth Day -- Shenandoah National Park waived their entrance fee, so I drove myself and two friends up to the mountains and we spent the day hiking.

Despite D.C. being a widespread frantic hub of busyness, the mountains are only an hour away, so it was an easy drive to the park's front gate and a scenic (and very twisty) drive to our chosen trail. With it being free entrance day and us not being experienced hikers, we decided to forgo the popular Old Rag trail for a more moderate one full of waterfalls, and we spent the better part of the late morning/early afternoon hiking beside a stream with seemingly endless falls. The sky was almost completely clear of clouds and the temperature hovered around 60 degrees all day, and spending the day outside after a week of grey, rainy skies and cold wind felt absolutely glorious. 

I took a few pictures, but my phone stayed on airplane mode in my bag for the majority of our hike, and we filled the hours with conversations about anything and everything. Though I've known these friends for a few months, I usually only see them for an hour or two at a time, so it was nice to spend a nearly twelve hours with them and get to know each other really well.

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